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Ohio Historic Preservation Month Calendar

May is Ohio Historic Preservation Month, an opportunity to showcase and celebrate Ohio’s historic places. This year's theme, "New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage" highlights the work dozens of organizations undertake to preserve the places that make Ohio communities special. Show your interest in historic places and have fun on walking tours, ice cream socials and awards presentations! 

May 1, 2014, Leetonia

Salem Preservation Society Annual Dinner

Description: Join us for the Salem Preservation Society Annual Dinner, which will include a tour of the 1871 Charles Nelson Schmick House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The tour and dinner will be followed by installation of 2014 officers and board members.

Location: Charles Nelson Schmick House, 110 Walnut St., Leetonia

Time: 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Admission: $18 per person

Registration Deadline: Advanced registration required by April 24, 2014

For Additional Information: 330-337-7225, gingergrilli@aol.com or salempreservationsociety.org

May 1, 2014, Cleveland

Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland: Celebration of Preservation

Description: Join the Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland for an awards program as we celebrate historic preservation in May, National Preservation Month! We will recognize exemplary projects and individuals who have made significant investments in the revitalization of Northeast Ohio.

Location: The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave.

Time: 5 - 8 p.m.

Admission: Individual ticket prices for this event are $15 for members of CRS or AIA and $40 for non-members. Parking is available at The Union Club and can be purchased at the time of registration.

Registration Deadline: Advanced registration required by April 25, 2014

For Additional Information: 216-4261000, felicia.hall@clevelandrestoration.org or www.clevelandrestoration.org

May 1-2, 2014, Peninsula

Building Doctor Clinic

Description: The State Historic Preservation Office building "doctors" work in teams, teaching old-building owners how to recognize and solve some of the most common sources of problems in maintaining older buildings, and how to make informed decisions about repairs and improvements.

Each Building Doctor clinic begins with a free seminar on topics like peeling paint and failing plaster, wet basements, deteriorating masonry, windows, wood issues, and bringing buildings built before 1955 up to date without sacrificing historic integrity.

On the following day, the Building Doctors make the rounds of ailing buildings. Their consultations are free, however they are limited and you must attend the free seminar to qualify. The Building Doctors visit all kinds of pre-1955 buildings: schools, churches, factories, stores, offices, farm buildings, and homes. 

Cosponsored by Ohio History Connection, Terry Lumber & Supply Company, and the Peninsula Foundation.

Location: G.A.R. Hall, 1785 Main St., (State Route 303), Peninsula

Time: Seminar, 7 p.m., Thursday, May 1; Consultations, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Friday, May 2

Admission: Free

Registration Deadline: 2 weeks requested, walk-ins welcome

For Additional Information: 330-657-2528, www.rurban@peninsulahistory.org or www.building-doctor.org

May 1 thru May 31, 2014, Mansfield

Ohio State Reformatory Tours

Description: The Ohio State Reformatory once served as a state prison where it housed over 155,000 inmates throughout its lifetime. It is now a museum and historic site open for the public to embrace its history. Regular tours are offered daily from April 1st to September 1st. These tours allow guests to truly immerse themselves into the history and marvel at the architecture of this 19th Century wonder. Ghost events are also available for those who want to investigate the supernatural! If you are in the Mansfield area the Ohio State Reformatory is a must-see attraction for the entire family.

Location: 100 Reformatory Rd.

Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Guided tours offered on Sundays

Admission: Adults $9, Children (7-17) and Seniors (60+) $7, Military and College (w/ ID) $7. Sunday guided tours are an additional $5, Audio Wands $5

Registration: No advanced registration required

For Additional Information:  419-522-2644, jon@mrps.org or www.mrps.org

May 3, 2014, Middletown

Middletown Downtown Revitalization Tour

Description: To support aggressive work in both Hamilton and Middletown to revitalize their respective downtowns, Citizens for Historic Preservation Services (CHAPS) instituted a multi-part Downtown Revitalization Tour. Part I highlighted Hamilton. Part II will highlight Middletown. The tour will kick-off with lunch at Murphy’s Landing (formerly Stained Bistro) in the Beau Verre Riordan Studios Building. After lunch (ordered individually off the menu, if desired) and a presentation on downtown by the new Downtown Manager Amanda Buckholder, a walking tour to four sites will follow:

  1. Sorg Opera House and Commercial Building (under rehabilitation)
  2. Middletown Building and Deposit / Goetz Tower (planned for conversion to market-rate apartments)
  3. Masonic Temple (home to Arts Central Foundation)
  4. Pendleton Arts Center as part of “Second Look Saturday"

Representatives from each rehabilitation project will be on hand at each site to provide an interior tour and highlight the rehabilitation work undertaken or planned.

Location: Starts at Murphys Landing, 1054 Central Ave.

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Admission: $6 per person

Registration: RSVP requested

For Additional Information: 513-267-4433, contact@butlerpreservation.org or www.butlerpreservation.org

May 4, 2014, Oakwood

House History Workshop

Description: Learn how to research the history of your house! This workshop will provide a guide to architectural and historical facts using resources both locally and online. Limited to 15 participants.

Location: Wright Memorial Public Library, 1776 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood

Time: 2 p.m.

Admission: Free

Registration: Advanced registration required by May 3, 2014

For Additional Information:
937-294-7171, info@oakwoodhistory.org or www.oakwoodhistory.org

Saturdays in May, Oxford

Oxford Historic Guided Walking Tours

Description: Guided walking tours of historic sites will be conducted in Oxford each Saturday morning in May. Tours will feature fraternity museums, the university president's home, a famous bricklayer's houses, a former private sanitarium, and commercial buildings in what was once an African American community.

Location: Starts from a different location each Saturday! Call for details.

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Admission: Free

Registration Deadline: For the May 10 tour only, please register by phone before May 9

For Additional Information: 513-523-3035 or sml@lanepl.org

May 12, 2014, Akron

2014 Architectural Heritage Awards


The Summit County Historical Society of Akron and the Greater Akron Preservation Alliance will host the 2014 Architectural Heritage Awards at the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA).  ABIA was recognized in 2012 with a "Merit Award for Adaptative Reuse: Preserving a Community Anchor."

The program will include tours of the facility, light refreshments and the presentation of the 2014 awards.

Nominations are given in the following categories: 

  • Historic Restoration or Rehabilitation Project
  • Adaptive Reuse Project
  • New Addition to a Historic Building
  • Community Education and Advocacy
  • The Recent Past Award
  • Single Family Residential Award

Location: Austen BioInnovation in Akron (ABIA), 47 North Main St.

Time: 6 p.m.

Admission: Admission charged - please call for details

Registration Deadline: May 5, 2014

For Additional Information: 330-535-1120, Leianne@summithistory.org or www.SummitHistory,org and www.preservationakron.org

May 14, 2014, Columbus

Caretakers of a Legacy Awards

Description: The Caretakers of a Legacy awards program was established to honor people, projects, and organizations that contribute to the preservation and enhancement of the historic fabric of German Village.

A caretaker is one who provides support and watches over a place. The physical elements that make up the fabric of German Village do not really belong to those who own them legally, but instead have been left in our care. A legacy is a gift: something tangible, such as the built environment; or intangible, such as a philosophy or way of life, that is passed from one generation to the next. The immigrants who established the community known today as German Village left us a wonderful legacy to cherish and protect for future generations.

As we care for this great gift, we will necessarily leave our imprint on the village, making our own contribution to the evolution of this neighborhood as a living, breathing community where people live, work, and play.

Location: German Village Meeting Haus, 588 South Third St.

6 - 8:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

For Additional Information: 614-221-8888, smarsom@germanvillage.com or www.germanvillage.com/preservation/caretakers-legacy/

May 15, 22 and 29, 2014, Cleveland

Take a Hike: Civic Center Tour

Description: Enjoy a free, guided walking tour of the Civic Center in Downtown Cleveland. Take a Hike tours are entertaining and educational.

Learn about the Group Plan, Old Stone Church, Veterans Memorial Plaza, the Board of Education Building, Public Auditorium, the Great Lakes Exposition of 1936 and 1937, Cuyahoga County Courthouse, the Cleveland Convention Center, the Global Center for Health Innovation and much more. Cast members portraying architect Daniel Burnham and Coach Paul Brown, the first coach of the Cleveland Browns, will be featured on this tour.

Location: Old Stone Church, 91 Public Square

Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

Registration: No advanced registration required

For Additional Information: 216-771-1994, kelly@historicgateway.org or www.clevelandgatewaydistrict.com

May 15-16, 2014, Columbus

Ohio County Courthouse Symposium

Description: County courthouses are prominent public buildings in our county seats. They serve as the center for political and commercial life and are important anchors in the heart of our Ohio communities. Sixty-nine of Ohio’s county courthouses are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and many of the other courthouses are just as significant.  But each public building comes with challenges to meet public needs.   What are the solutions and techniques making these buildings viable for another 100 years and how will they be funded?

The County Commissioners Association of Ohio, Ohio History Connection, Supreme Court of Ohio, Heritage Ohio, Columbus and Ohio Chapters of the American Institute of Architects, and others are working together to host a special Ohio Courthouses Symposium May 15-16, 2014.  Join us as we celebrate the economic and symbolic value of our historic courthouses and learn how to overcome the challenges of funding and maintaining Ohio's courthouses in the 21st century.

Symposium Objectives include addressing the value of our historic courthouses: symbols of justice and contributors to the community's economic development; overcomeing the challenges of funding and maintaining historic county courthouses in the 21st century and topics of interest to judges, county commissioners, county facility managers, architects, historic preservationists, and others.

Location: Thursday, May 15, Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center, 65 S. Front St., Columbus
                Friday, May 16, Columbus Atheaneum, 32 N. Fourth St., Columbus

Time: Thursday, May 15, Registration begins a 5 p.m.
Friday, May 16, Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.                          

Admission and Registraton Deadlines: $50 if registered by April 24; $65 after April 24 or on-site

For Additional Information: www.ccao.org/ohio-courthouses-symposium, 888.757.1904

May 17, 2014, Salem

Smucker House Tea

Description: Join us for afternoon tea. Reserve a table for your party now! Tea includes beverage, scones, savories, and sweets. Funds raised from this event will be used for repairs and upkeep of the Smucker House in Historic Downtown Salem. Sponsored by the Salem Preservation Society in cooperation with the Salem Federation of Women's Clubs. Space is limited. Last seating is at 4 p.m.

Location: Ruth Smucker House, 271 South Broadway Ave.

Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission: $15 per person

Registration Deadline: May 16, 2014

For Additional Information: 330-337-7225, gingergrilli@aol.com or www.salempreservationsociety.org

May 17, 2014, Massillon

Bicentennial Massillon Cemetery Tour

Description: Join this tour of the early ancestor's graves, narrated by Cary Coates, Perry Township History Club historian.

Location: Massillon Cemetery entrance, 1827 Erie St.

Time: 10 a.m.

Admission: Free

Registration: No advanced registration required

For Additional Information: 330-832-8112

May 17, 24 and 31, 2014, Cleveland

Take a Hike: Warehouse District Tour

Description: Enjoy a free, guided walking tour of the Warehouse District in Downtown Cleveland. Take a Hike tours are entertaining and educational.

Admire breathtaking architecture as you learn about the historic Garment District, hardware industry and beautiful Victorian-style buildings of Cleveland’s First Neighborhood.  Home to fabulous restaurants, a vibrant nightlife and close to 3,000 residents, the Warehouse District is a charming and lively neighborhood.  Tour attendees may have the pleasure of meeting John D. Rockefeller or Levi Johnson along the tour route.

Location: Constantino's Market, 1278 West 9th St.

Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Admission: Free

Registration: No advanced registration required

For More Information: 216-771-1994, kelly@historicgateway.org or www.clevelandgatewaydistrict.com

May 18 and 25, 2014, Cleveland

Take a Hike: Canal Basin Park Tour

Description: Enjoy a free, guided walking tour of Canal Basin Park in the Flats in Downtown Cleveland. Take a Hike tours are entertaining and educational.

Enjoy tales from the early days of Cleveland while learning about Moses Cleaveland, the Cuyahoga River bridges, the historic B&O Rail Station and plans for a 25-acre park and the extension of the Towpath Trail. Be sure to bring your camera for some stunning photo opportunities. Mary Kelley may share stories of her husband, Alfred Kelley, the father of the Ohio & Erie Canal, during your tour.

Location: Settler's Landing RTA Station, 1025 W. Superior Ave.

Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Admission: Free

Registration: No advanced registration required

For Additional Information: 216-771-1994, kelly@historicgateway.org or www.clevelandgatewaydistrict.com

May 18, 2014, Columbus

Rededication of 1870 Goodale Gates

Description: The Friends of Goodale Park together with the Columbus Landmarks Foundation and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department will rededicate the original 1870 Goodale Gates located on the southern edge of Goodale Park in Columbus’ Short North. Dr. Lincoln Goodale deeded the land for Goodale Park to the City of Columbus in 1851.  The south gates were erected in 1870 and were renovated in 2013, including the fabrication of original light fixtures.  The gate structure may be one of the oldest city structures remaining today.

Masonic representatives from the Goodale Lodge will present the rededication ceremony in recognition of Dr. Goodale having presented the Masonic Jewels to Goodale Lodge.  Representatives from Friends of Goodale Park, Columbus Landmarks Foundation and the City of Columbus will participate and it is hoped Dr. Goodale will join us!

Location: Goodale Park south gates, W. Goodale St. 

Time: 2 p.m.

Admission: Free

Registration: No advanced registration required

For Additional Information: 614-299-4202, sells192@gmail.com or www.goodalepark.org

May 18, 2014, Barberton

Anna Dean Farm Walking Tour

Description: Enjoy a walking tour and interior visit to seven National Register-listed barns on the Anna Dean Farm, the Beaux Art style estate of Barberton founder, Ohio Columbus Barber.  One tour leaves at 1:30 pm so please do not be late!  This is our only tour of the year.

Location: O. C. Barber Piggery, 248 Robinson Ave.

Time: 1:30 - 5 p.m.

Admission: Free

Registration: No advanced registration required

For Additional Information: 330-830-1444, barbertonhistsoc@aol.com or www.annadeanfarm.com

May 19, 2014, Alliance

Doing Historic Preservation in Alliance

Description: Celebrate Ohio Historic Preservation Month with Doing Historic Preservation In Alliance - Round 2, or, Still Plugging Away! Martha McClaugherty will review the differences between National Historic Landmarks, listing on the National Register of Historic Places and local designations; the work of the Alliance Historic Preservation Commission and the activities of the Alliance Area Preservation Society. Sponsored by the Alliance Historical Society, the program is free and open to the public.

Location: Rodman Public Library, 215 E. Broadway St.

Time: 7 p.m.

Admission: Free

Registration: No advanced registration required

For Additional Information: 330-821-2665 x 101, or www.rodmanlibrary.com

May 19, 2014, Lakewood

Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board Historic Preservation Awards

Description: The City of Lakewood's Heritage Advisory Board presents awards to Lakewood property owners to to celebrate their efforts to respect the architecture, design, and craftsmanship of their buildings, while at the same time keeping them as places to raise a family, create jobs, and provide services to the community.

Location: Lakewood City Hall, 12650 Detroit Ave.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

Registration: No advanced registration required

For Additional Information: 216-310-9304, rsicha@yahoo.com or www.onelakewood.com/Boards_Commissions/HeritageAdvisory.aspx

May 20 and 27, 2014, Cleveland

Take a Hike: PlayhouseSquare Tour

Description: Enjoy a free, guided walking tour of the PlayhouseSquare neighborhood in Downtown Cleveland.  Take a Hike tours are entertaining and educational.

Known for being the second largest performing arts center in the country, PlayhouseSquare boasts even more than incredible theatres. Learn about the past grandeur of Euclid Avenue, renowned department stores, such as Halle’s, Bonwit Teller and Sterling Linder, important social clubs, such as The Union Club, Star Plaza and the historic Statler Hotel. Visitors may enjoy special guest appearances by deejay Alan Freed or “Mr. First Nighter” Milton Krantz.

Location: State Theatre Lobby, 1519 Euclid Ave.

Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Admission: Free


No advanced registration required

For Additional Information: 216-771-1994, kelly@historicgateway.org or www.clevelandgatewaydistrict.com

May 21 and 28, 2014, Cleveland

Take a Hike: Gateway District Tour

Description: Enjoy a free, guided walking tour of the Gateway District in Downtown Cleveland. Take a Hike tours are entertaining and educational.

Learn about the Gateway District’s historic dime stores, such as Woolworth’s and Kresge’s, the incredible Arcade, which was modeled after the great light courts of Europe, the East 4th Street Entertainment District, Rose’s Folly, the Caxton Building and more. Cast members portraying Mayor Tom Johnson, Congresswoman Frances Payne Bolton or inventor Garrett Morgan may drop in for a visit along the way.

Location: The Arcade, 401 Euclid Ave.

Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

Registration: No advanced registration required

For Additional Information: 216-771-1994, kelly@historicgateway.org or www.clevelandgatewaydistrict.com

June 9, 2014, Hudson

200 Years on the Farm...

Description: Celebration of 200 Years of Case Barlow Farm.  Pig Roast, Beer Tasting of Thirsty Dog Brewery, Native American Pow Wow, Crafts for Kids, Music by "Pitch the Peat"
Fun for All Ages

Location: Case Barlow Farm 1931 Barlow Road, Hudson

Time: 5 - 8 p.m.

Admission: Members $5 person /maximum $20 per family

Registration Deadline: June 9, 2014

For Additional Information: 330-654-0591, casebarlow@aol.com or casebarlow.com


June 17, 2014, Youngstown

Mahoning Valley Historical Society Historic Preservation Awards Presentation & Annual Meeting

Description: Our Historic Preservation Awards honor those in Mahoning and Trumbull counties who take an active role in preserving historic buildings, sites, and districts.  Honors in Community Revitalization, Commercial Revitalization and Awards of Achievement will be presented at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Annual Meeting.

Location: Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center; 325 West Federal St.

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Admission: Members $28; Guests $32

Registration Deadline: June 13, 2014

For Additional Information: 330-743-2589, lrich@mahoninghistory.org or www.mahoninghistory.org

June 22 , 2014, Liberty Center

Wabash Depot Ice Cream Social

Description: Help support renovation of the Wabash Depot by attending our Ice Cream Social! Also enjoy sandwiches and entertainment by the Bridge County Bluegrass Band. 

Location: 105 Wabash St., Liberty Center

Time: 5 7 pm

Admission: Free

Registration: No advanced registration required

For Additional Information: 419-966-0444, vmmey864@embarqmail.com or villageoflibertycenter@embarqmail.com